Digital change moves forward inexorably. The effects of digital transformation are already evident in numerous areas of everyday business life and there have been many disruptors too - from innovative digital business processes and powerful business apps to wholly digital business models. Staying abreast of digital change means more than a technology-led re-organization. Instead, companies need a complete re-think of the entire organization. Digital transformation demands not only new networked solutions, but a completely new corporate culture.

What exactly does digital transformation mean?

There are different ways of approaching the definition of this term. One frequently used explanation is that while digital transformation is ultimately about a higher level of process automation (= reducing costs and increasing quality), it is also concerned with the development of innovative, data-driven business and service models (= building up future business). Systems, such as companies or markets, are transformed from an old way of being to a new one. Transformation here means a continuous change in which there is no end, but an infinite chain of different transitions. Digital transformation is thus the sum of its own transitions.

Digital Transformation Trends

Digital transformation is not a single thing but consists of different key elements. These include, but are not limited to: 

Big Data & IoT

Cloud-native applications

Artificial intelligence & bots

The Experience of Digital Transformation – real-life examples


Serialization challenges in Track'n'Trace scenarios overcome using big data.


The use of artificial intelligence to revolutionize video production and video management; help editors cope with the flood of content.





Energy suppliers

Anticipate and prepare for upcoming trends such as smart grid, smart markets and e-mobility: Blockchain and IoT enable energy suppliers build up distributed business models and invoice them on a small scale.


The use of voice recognition to simplify the warehouse foreman role; blockchain used to help map and analyze value flows in container management.

Consumer goods

Analyze customer behavior with Big Data; blockchain used to enable cross-company proofs of origin.


Use Big Data Analytics to improve seasonal planning and enhance customer in-store experience with indoor navigation.

Digital Transformation - Looking at the Big Picture

Connecting trends together

The challenge of constant change

As we have said, digital transformation should reduce costs through automation and should build future business with innovative, data-driven business and service models. The question "with what tools?" is the same for both challenges. There is no way around the implementation of new innovative technologies, which in general can easily be accessed via the cloud. The real challenge, however, is to apply these technologies to individual business purposes.

Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data & IoT and Blockchain are the prerequisite technologies for this.

As a multi cloud service integrator, Arvato Systems is positioned precisely in the area of tension between your industry challenges, the status quo of your process and application landscapes and the application of new technologies. This makes us the ideal partner for the design and implementation of your digitization initiatives.

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Creating the Successful Digital Transformation!

How can digitalization succeed in organizations? Interesting background information about Digital Transformation are available in our download area. Read the latest Arvato Systems publication "Creating the Successful Digital Transformation" or the white paper "Five Minutes to Midnight: The Digital Transformation won’t wait"  of Lünendonk and Arvato Systems.


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